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Under 18s rescue a point against Brighton

21 November 2020

Norwich City Under-18s earnt themselves a point after a dominant second-half saw the Canaries come back from behind to finish on equal terms.

The first clear cut chance of the game came in the tenth-minute, going Brighton’s way. Build-up play starting from the backline made its way to the Seagulls’ forward Jaami Qureshi, who looked to chip Joe Rose. The shot found its way over the Bury loanee, but only as far as Brad Hills as he cleared it off the line. 

The Canaries first chance came just five minutes later, when Oscar Thorn sprint the length of the pitch to find himself in front of goal. The young striker drove a low shot on goal toward Fynn Talley, the shot-stopper saving hastily. 

A quiet period of fifteen-minutes then came to its end through Tony Springett, who fired his shot from a tight angle, seriously testing the ‘keeper as he scrambled to make the save. 

City’s pressure wouldn’t stop there, Jon Rowe stepping up to a free-kick on the edge of the box just minutes later. Rowe’s shot had nice placement as it curled around the wall and toward the bottom corner, prompting Talley to tip it wide. 

Despite the pressure from City, it would be Brighton who found the opener with a fast-break counter-attack. The Seagulls managed to get themselves in front of goal through Cameron Peupion, who calmly placed his effort past Rose for the lead. 

Rowe then went looking for a quick equaliser shortly after conceding, chopping past two Brighton shirts and lacing a shot on target, the shot just about saved before the half time whistle.

Coming out for the second half, Rowe was still relentless in his search for the leveller, winning a free-kick on the edge of the box just two minutes into the last 45 minutes. The forward stepped up once more, this time ringing the crossbar with a powerful effort.

After a strong start from the Canaries, it was only a matter of time until they would find that goal. A nice back heel on the edge of the box from Thorn set Rowe up nicely, finding that elusive goal as it rolled out of the ‘keepers grip and into the bottom corner. 

Much like the first half, Brighton showed their danger on the counter-attack again, their second time in front of goal in the second half seeing them earn a penalty after a foul from Ola Okeowo. A tense run-up was nothing for Rose, however, the ‘keeper leaping to tip the penalty wide before making another close save inside the six-yard box. 

Springett then found himself with a berth of chances in the dying minutes, having a shot on goal from distance before almost forcing an own goal from the Seagulls with a dangerous cross 

A last-minute flurry from Brighton suddenly came close to giving them the winner, seeing Rose jump into action with save after save to ensure the points were shared between the sides. 

Norwich City starting XI: Rose, Jackson, Hills, Shipley, Okeowo, Springett, Brooke, Khumbeni (c) (Duffy, 63), Thorn (Foyo, 70), Rowe, Kamara
Subs not used: Blair
Goals: Rowe (62)
Bookings: Okeowo (8), Hills (73) 

Brighton & Hove Albion starting XI: Talley (c), Nilsson, Sturge, Collyer, Offiah, Jackson, Miller,  Couchane (Kavanagh, 50), Peupion, Moran (Ifill, 57), Qureshi (Emmerson, 75)
Subs not used: Bull, Jenkins 
Goals: Peupion (36)
Bookings: Nilsson (42), Sturge (69), Jackson (90)

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